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Photography Class Tours Commercial Photography Studios in Minneapolis

Associate Professor, Christine Flavin traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota in November with students from the AD 417 Photography Seminar: Commercial Studio Lighting. The group toured professional commercial photography studios where they met with successful photographers, studio directors and stylists. They also visited the print study areas and exhibition venues at the Minneapolis Art Institute and the Walker Art Center. In addition, executives from the American Society of Media Photographers met with the students. They assisted them by describing plans for the next step in starting a career in commercial photography after graduation with included practical information on internships, assistantships and starting one's own business. Photograph at right shows students speaking with Jeff Schmieg at the Gamut One Studio.


November 21, 2013

Graphic Design Students and Faculty attend the AIGA National Conference

Graphic Design students from the special topics course Design Thinking instructed by Professor Keith Ellis, attended the AIGA National Conference "Head, Heart, Hand" in Minneapolis. The AIGA is the largest national organization for Graphic Design in the country and presents this major biennial event.

This conference was an amazing experience for the graphic design students as they had an opportunity to exchange ideas and be reviewed by some of the most prominent graphic designers in the field, such as George Lois (whom the character Don Draper in Mad Men is partially based) and Michael Beirut (Pentagram Design) as well as being exposed to some of their favorite designers whose work they were familiar with but had never met. They also had the opportunity to network while having their portfolios reviewed by professionals representing Adobe, Google, IBM, Etsy, Saks 5th Ave, IDEO and many other smaller firms.

The students who attended this conference provided a first hand accounting through their blogs which are available at the link below.

AIGA National Conference Student Blog

Graphic Communication

October 25, 2013

Professor Letts featured in Book on Michigan Landscape Artists

Associate Professor Michael Letts is a featured artist in the "Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: Transforming Nature into Art", a book published in fall 2013 by the Leelanau Press. The book features a juried selection of art works inspired by the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore of Michigan. An exhibition of works from the book is being held at the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, opening in October 2013.

Professor Letts began developing a series of paintings inspired by the dunes when he was an artist in residence for the Glen Arbor Art Association at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in summer of 2011. From this series of work, the large acrylic painting "Sleeping Bear 3" was selected for inclusion in the book. The book includes 108 works, juried from over 250 submissions. Jurors were Mary McNichols, professor of Art History at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and E. W. Ross, an an internationally known artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The book also includes an essay by Jerry Dennis, a nationally acclaimed writer whose essays have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, and Orion.

The book is available at the Dennos Museum store.

Michael Letts

Art Education

Dennos Museum Store

October 21, 2013

Art and Design Alumnus Takes Film Festival Awards

Joe Rule, a recent graduate of the Computer Art program, won the Best of Show award at the Saugatuck Shorts Film Festival on October 12 for his animation "Eat Your Vegetables." The animation was completed as part of AD 403: Senior Exhibition in April, 2013. "Eat Your Vegetables" also won the Best in Animation category in the Young Michigan Filmmakers Festival over the summer and the Best Animated Film in the Made-in-Michigan Film Festival on October 19.

Young Michigan Filmmakers Festival

Made in Michigan Film Festival

October 14, 2013

Professor Flavin Leads Study Abroad Course Exploring the Origins of Photography

Associate Professor Christine Flavin and the students enrolled in the her Faculty Led Study Abroad course (photo), "Exploring the Origins of Photography" course in the School of Art and Design, traveled to France and England at the end of the Winter 2013 semester. They were following the footsteps of the inventors and early practitioners of photography. The trip began in Provence where the group photographed the ancient Roman and Medieval Gothic ruins in St. Remy, Arles, Luberon and Roussillon. They then moved north to Paris stopping at Chalon Sur Saone (home of the first inventor of photography, Nicéphore Niépce). After four days in Paris the class crossed the English Chanel to spend time in London and explore the surrounding countryside. The trip culminated with a visit to Lacock Abbey, home of William Henry Fox Talbot, (another inventor of photography) where students attended a workshop in which they reenacted the first photographic process.


September 10, 2013

Art and Design Alumnus Edwin Carter Featured in MoMA Design Store

A calendar designed by Edwin Carter (Photography, 2006) is currently available through the MoMA Store. Edwin Carter is based out of Marquette, Michigan, and focuses on conceptually driven, minimal, contemporary design with strong attention to typographic details that reference the The International Typographic Style.

Prior to working in Marquette, he studied graphic design at a graduate level in San Francisco, interned in one of the design departments of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and briefly worked at the award winning studio Hyperakt, in Brooklyn, where he worked on projects for clients such as Thomson Reuters, the United Nations, and the Ford Foundation.

Edwin Carter

MoMA Store 17-Month 2014 Calendar Notebook

August 22, 2013

Cardboard Turning Pioneer Visits the School of Art and Design

Recently the Woodworking and Furniture Design studio areas hosted visiting artist Jason Schneider. Schneider is the studio coordinator of the furniture design and woodworking program at The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Schneider's work and artistic research has long included the use of cardboard. Schneider is one of few furniture makers working with cardboard as a primary material and he has developed many of his own techniques for working and turning cardboard.

While on campus, Schneider provided a demonstration of cardboard turning for upper-level students, the current woodturning and bending class (AD 224), as well as members of the Superiorland Woodturners. Schneider was also able to meet with upper-level furniture and woodworking students to provide valuable feedback about their portfolios and professional work. Schneider's energy in the shop was apparent for weeks after his visit, with many students considering new approaches to materials and working practices.

Jason Schneider

The Anderson Ranch Art Center

Woodworking and Furniture Design

May 09, 2013

Professor Rajagopal Presents Workshop Featuring Grant Funded Letterpress

The coming together of tradition (letterpress) and modern technology (platemaking facility) has provided students in the School of Art and Design with the opportunity to experiment with alternative methods of production. The letterpress was added to the graphics program by Professor Shravan Rajagopal in 2011 and has been in active use for more than a year. A photopolymer platemaker was added to the letterpress facility and was inaugurated this winter semester in a workshop instructed by Professor Rajagopal with over 15 participants. The platemaker enables students to transfer their digital artwork on to photopolymer plates. The process begins with exposing the photopolymer plate for a programmed duration using a digital negative of the artwork. The plate is then placed in a washer unit that helps rinse away areas that are unexposed. Once the plate is dry, it can be easily mounted on to an aluminum base and printed using the letterpress. The letterpress and platemaking facility was funded by the Wildcat Innovation Fund grant award. (Photograph by Dennis Staffne)

Graphic Communication


May 09, 2013

Student Work Selected for Exhibition at ICFF 2013 New York

Senior Furniture Design student, Brendan Solinsky was among 12 students from across the country selected to exhibit work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. As part of a call for entries hosted by the Furniture Society and sponsored by Powermatic, selected student's work will be on display at ICFF May 18-21. As a part of the work being on view in New York, Powermatic has also created an online gallery and competition with voting for "The People's Choice Award." The student receiving the most votes will win a Powermatic bandsaw.

"Table Chair" by Solinsky, features a design focused for a small space and serves as multi-functional furniture. "Table Chair" can be repositioned into a variety of forms, a feature Solinsky identified as "a major concern in small living environments". Solinsky's work can be voted for as part of the Powermatic competition. Voting will expire on May 20th when the winner of the competition will be announced.

Student Competition Online Gallery

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Woodworking and Furniture Design

May 02, 2013